AOM 2021 Annual Meeting -- PDW:
The rise of computational methods in theory building
As digital traces and computational capacity has grown exponentially, researchers in the IS field, as well as adjacent fields, have increasingly utilized computational methods of various kinds. Recently, computational methods have also been used in an inductive mode, geared towards developing, rather than testing, theory. In this PDW we seek to examine the emerging role of computational methods in theory development, associated potentialities as well as obstacles to overcome. We do so through a number of presentations of empirical work currently underway, group discussions, as well as a panel of senior scholars. This workshop is intended to contribute to the increasing sophistication, prevalence, and legitimacy of computational methods in developing new exciting theories of information systems and organizing.